Monday, September 8, 2008

Has Harper bit the hands which fed him?

Well, I imagine most Canadians now know - we're having an election. Whhhoooopeeee!! Like we actually have anyone worthwhile to choose from.. but I digress and that is another post.

What I find interesting is that the date for this 'selection' is October 14.

Hmmm... wasn't that the date which Harper was warned about?

The Canadian Jewish Congress sent a letter to Harper last week asking him to avoid setting an election on Oct. 14, 15, 21 or 22. Those dates are all key parts of the Jewish religious festival, Sukkot. Observant Jews would not be able to work for candidates on election day if the vote were set for Oct. 14.

"We did make the case pretty strongly . . . that these dates should be avoided," said Bernie Farber, executive director of the Canadian Jewish Congress.

Well, now I'm going to do something that I thought I would never do: Thanks Steven, for not bowing to the pressure of the Lobby. I am sure however, there will be blowback for this. Perhaps some nice attacks in the press?

Time will tell.


Anonymous said...

It's refreshing to see a politician not backing down to special interest. This issue is much ado about nothing. This particular Jewish holiday would be like Christians being up in arms if an election were called on the Feast of Corpus Christi.

Penny said...

and exactly what percentage of the Canadian population is Jewish?

And they can still get out and vote right?

what is the feast of corpus christi?

anyway boohoo, to the Jewish Congress, can't have it your way all the time,and god knows it happens enough.

Anyway, I think the reasons for Harpers quick election call are bigger then Jewish Congress concerns.

One being the American election.

Magdelena said...

Yeah, I was kinda wondering of the timing of all this too...

Is something going to happen before November that Harper wants a majority?

Who knows.

But I'm glad he didn't bow to pressure by the Lobby.

And, yes anonymous as far as I understand Sukkot is not a major festival - as you said. And anyways - in a secular society it shouldn't matter anyways.

nobody said...

Honestly, the insist the election not be held on some days that they, and they alone, think something of and expect us to give a shit. How impressed with themselves they are. As ever.